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Slalom to success
New cricket nets
Former Chair of the England
and Wales Cricket Board, Lord MacLaurin was at Prior Park College, Bath, to of cially open
the school’s new cricket nets. The  ve lane nets are a gift from an anonymous alumnus and are a fantastic addition to the sports facilities at the College. Lord MacLaurin spoke about the positive bene ts of sport before declaring “Play” thus allowing the U13 team to use the nets for the  rst time.
Cricket masterclasses had taken place with the College teams throughout the morning with England wicket keeper Paul Nixon providing useful tips and insights
into all aspects of the game. Paul was also on hand to give advice as the  rst balls were bowled, as was retired England cricketer Neal Radford, whose company was responsible for the design, build and installation of the new nets.
Head of Prior Park Cricket, Malcolm Bond commented, “I am thrilled and the students love the new system. The nets are so adaptable and will have a real impact on warm up and practice routines. They can also be retracted when not in use, allowing the out eld
to become part of the playing area once again. We are looking forward to a sunny summer, full of cricket!”
A team of four Holme Grange School, Berkshire, pupils were crowned champions at the
ISA National Indoor Skiing Championships. Matthew Vickers, Ollie Smith, Max Pietsch and Joseph Qualtrough schussed their way to victory in the Junior
Boys section of the competition facing  erce opposition from other schools across the country. They have now been invited to participate in the National School Training Week which will be held later on this year in Tignes.
European swimming title
Pupils from Ashville College, Yorkshire, Senior Swimming Team have lifted the title at a European swimming gala held in Switzerland.
The school was one of ten from across the continent competing in the European Schools Conference tournament, staged at the International School of Zug and Luzern in Baar.
The 12 Ashville swimmers, who were competing against peers from Switzerland, France and Germany, won a total of 45 medals between them.
Overall, Ashville competed in 36 events, including individual races from 50m to 400m and freestyle to medley relays.
At the end of the gala, Ashville were declared the overall winners thanks to the swimmers’ points total.
Duncan Archer, Ashville College’s Head of Sports Development,
said: “This was an outstanding competition and the whole team did fantastically well. It was great to see the boys and girls  ying the  ag for England and competing against swimmers from other countries in this international event. In addition to their appearance in the gala, the students were able to visit The American International School in Lugano, and we are hopeful the hosts, The International School of Zug and Luzern, will be visiting Ashville in October”.
“The pupils showed great maturity throughout the trip, and many came back with the knowledge that they have more to give in races that are back to back, and they have
the ability to  nd another level of training and speed.”
Pictured (l to r): Paul Nixon, Neal Radford, Lord MacLaurin, PPC Headmaster James Murphy- O’Connor, PPC Head of Cricket Malcolm Bond
National Prep Schools’ cross country championships
Pictured: Ashville Swimming captains James Sadler and Rosie Rudolph in the cockpit before  ying home with the European Trophy
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Malvern College, Worcestershire, hosted the 25th annual National Preparatory Schools’ Cross Country Championships in which over 1,000 pupils from more than 80 schools competed, in what were perfect cross country conditions. Set on the lower slopes of the beautiful Malvern Hills, this course is a stunning and challenging run across Malvern’s campus and the local Common.
“Malvern hosts this event each
year and each year it grows bigger! This year we were delighted to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the National Preparatory Schools Cross Country Championships – we have the perfect setting, and we set great store by excellence in sporting achievement”, said Miss Chey West, Director of Sport.
In the Under 11 Girls’ race, Lily Slack from Derwent Lodge, Kent, was the individual winner helping her school to win the Team
Competition. Jack Webb from Dulwich Prep, Kent, won the Under 11 Boys’ individual race. Abingdon Prep, Oxfordshire won the Team Competition.
Dalis Jones of Tockington Manor, Bristol and Fraser Sproul from Sedbergh Preparatory School, Cumbria won the Under 13 Girls’ and Under 13 Boys’ individual races respectively. The Under 13 Girls’ Team Competition was won by Cheam Preparatory School, Berkshire and Yardley Court Preparatory School, Kent won the Boys’ Team Competition.
Kent College, Canterbury took home the U11 Girls’ Small Schools’ Trophy, Tockington Manor the U11 Boys’. Sedbergh Prep was awarded both the U13 Boys’ and Girls’ Small Schools’ Trophies.

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